The Out of Town Thread part XLIX All talk from around the league here
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02-12-2013, 09:10 AM
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Listen man, I don't disagree with you but at the moment he was a risky signing. Any number of stats won't change the image that surrounded Semin at the time - he was bad against us in the playoffs that year, he was bad last playoffs too.
He would be a great addition to any team (especially Washington!) but he HAS HIS WARTS. His own teammate ripped him to the media, as much of a scrub Bradley might be, it's pretty bad.
Everybody has warts. Plekanec said of himself that he played like a girl. Cole is looking like the old man people thought he'd look like 3years into his contract.
Markov is constantly criticized has a PO no show. Do I need to go over how selfish some think Subban is? Or the great reputation Price had at some point??
Ovechkin is getting a lot of bad press too, but if he was a free agent I would absolutely go after him. It would be retarded not too.
You can argue about Semin's flaws, i think they were grossly overstated, mainly because of one bitter ex teammate's saying that was reported a million times in the media and gave McGuire a boner, but that's fine if you want to believe them. However, I think we should have used that as an advantage.
We had a lack of winger depth, no sniper of his quality, and nobody with his stick handling skills. He was a perfect winger for Plek.
If he had gotten a 5-8year deal, I would have shared some worries, but on a one year deal? In a transitional year? Perfect fit.
What is troubling, to some degree, is that Bergevin expressed 0 interest. That was dumb.
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